If not, you should be! The Affordable Care Act is in place to help you be healthy and remain healthy throughout your life! A BIG part of helping you stay healthy is through preventative health care practices. The Affordable Care Act provides several preventative services as well as 1 wellness visit each and every year.
In this blog post, we are going to explore what is included in your well visit and showcase why it is important to take advantage of your it through real life stories. The stories we share with you will illustrate how preventative care and well visits stopped devastating illness in its tracks. The key to preventative health care is catching illness and disease before they manifest and fester into a larger more chronic or fatal outcomes.
So what exactly is “Preventative Care”? It is the practice of evaluating your health when you are not sick or experiencing any sort of symptoms, providing a baseline or what is normal for you. Once you have a baseline established for yourself, it makes it easier for healthcare professionals to identify illness and disease earlier. This makes it easier to establish when something serious is brewing within your body.
Did you know there are at least 10 preventative services and 1 well care visit available to you during the calendar year under The Affordable Care Act? Many people don’t! These preventative services are made up of one well care visit as well as things like immunizations, tests, physical exams and lab work.
Captain Health USA Stat: The Affordable Care Act allows for 47 million women with private insurance to schedule mammograms without being charged a co-pay
Curious what you could expect during your annual well care visit?
Under The Affordable Care Act it is required by law that you have access to 10 main preventative care services. Below is what is included in the “Adult” list. Keep in mind, there are even more listed for women, children and seniors!
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm one-time screening for men of specified ages who have ever smoked
- Blood Pressure screening for all adults
- Lab Tests such as Cholesterol screening and others
- Colo-rectal Cancer screening for adults over 50
- Depression screening for adults
- Diabetes (Type 2) screening for adults with high blood pressure
- HIV screening for everyone ages 15 to 65, and other ages at increased risk
- Immunization vaccines for adults–doses, recommended ages, and recommended populations vary:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Herpes Zoster
- Human Papillomavirus
- Influenza (Flu Shot)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis
- Obesity screening and counseling for all adults
- Tobacco Use screening for all adults and cessation interventions for tobacco users
Real Life Stories… (all Names Changed)
John…… Didn’t have insurance for many years due to the cost. About 2 years ago he got coverage and decided to go for his physical. The first physical in about 10 years. At first all seamed well. Then the lab work came back. The labs showed that his blood sugar was way off from what it should be. Turns out John was a diabetic and didn’t know it. He simply ignored the symptoms. Over time it could have been a huge medical issue however, since it was caught fairly soon, John got on medicine and should live a normal life.
Rick…… Rick had not had insurance for about 5 years. Rick got a physical at the first chance he could and it was a good thing he did. An issue with his prostate was caught in the early stages and was able to be treated with out major surgery. Had it not been caught it could have cost him his life.
Joan…… To make a long story short, the non-compliant health plan Joan was on did not cover the cost of a mammogram . Once she got good coverage, Joan had a mammogram (that cost nothing) for this first time in 4 years. A very small abnormality was found and removed. Had it not been found early on, the treatment and results could have been much worse.
Health insurance is not just for when your sick, its also there to keep you well.